Tim Lambert at Deltoid offers a cursory scientific critique of Chris Walter (the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley)’s recent newsletter submission to the American Physical Society. Lambert apologizes that he has only first-year physics, but notes, rightfully, that Monckton can make no such claim.
Even more entertaining is the shirty letter that Monckton himself penned to the APS after they added a note to his article making it clear that it was NOT peer reviewed and that it does NOT reflect the opinion of Editors or, really, of any good physicists of note.
Monckton, who apparently can’t tell the difference between being edited and submitting a scientific paper for peer review, is spitting mad. It’s wonderful.
(Thanks to John Mashey for turning this stuff up.)
But here’s a question. Why would ANY publication of the American Physical Society solicit an article from someone who is not physicist, not a scientist, who has not even got an undergraduate degree in any scientific field, who regularly shills for a host of oily think tanks spending Exxon’s money on climate change denial and who, seriously, can’t be trusted to report accurately on his own resume? Really, why? Was there not a single practicing scientist in the world who might have submitted a paper suggesting that a legitimate climate science debate still reigns?